Amidst His Promise To Alleviate The Current Opioid Epidemic, Sessions Pursues Tighter Marijuana Agenda
On Wednesday, August 2nd, AG Jeff Sessions "announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit", according to a statement released by the Justice Department the same day, which listed 12 districts selected for participation within the program. One of those "districts" is that of the "Eastern District of CA", one of the greatest areas for cannabis agriculture in the US. It is unclear whether this program was intended to target non-opioids, or if Sessions intends on using this program to tighten marijuana usage on the basis of the ideological right's accusation that cannabis is a "gateway drug", a statement confirmed to be completely false.
What is clear, however, is that Sessions has his sights set on the herb, even after being informed by states that have legalized it that the program as it has been implemented is working fine. Nonetheless, his "Opioid Task Force" (which, granted the evidence, should be responsible for dealing marijuana) was assigned the job of coming up with new policy proposals for the crack-down, and have thusfar been unsuccessful. They rather suggested more study, no further criminalization, which should come as a breath of fresh air to those suffering from opioid addiction in legal marijuana states.
"The Cannabist" reports that the conclusion of the task force has come to no major conclusion apart from the existing Obama-era policies. This may be well and fine for individuals within the confines of legal marijuana states, but for veterans with PTSD, glaucoma issues, cancer patients, and many others will be forced to refer back to the previously most effective substance; Opioids.